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36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Rookeysailor. The kit is, I understand, due for release by Vintage Model Works any time now. I think that they are awaiting some of the white metal fittings from the manufacturer that are included in the kit. RE: price, probably best to contact Mike Cummings at VMW to confirm the above and the pricing. rolfman2000. I'm afraid you'll still need to carve the bow, but I bet you can get a better result than uncle Cyril now! I hope you enjoy my blog. Robbob.

The next project........... by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
Since completing this model have started work on a new boat and I promised those following my Crash Tender build blog that I would post an update here. The new model is a ‘Thames River Police Launch’ constructed from a kit by Vintage Model Works. The new blog is here: https://model-boats.com/builds/view/47891 I'll try to update the blog regularly as I have plenty of 'photos detailing the construction since June 2018. I hope that you will enjoy following this new build and I welcome all comments and suggestions...... and if you like the updates please hit the 'like' button 👍 Robbob.

36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
After the successful build of the ‘Vintage Model Works’ RAF Crash Rescue Tender I was asked by Mike Cummings of VMW if I would undertake to build a prototype of their new model with the aim of checking the construction method and the assembly instructions for accuracy before the kit is put into production. The model is a ‘Thames River Police Launch’ and is based on the original design by Phil Smith for the Veron company, this was a very popular model kit in the late 50’s and 60’s and sold for the princely sum of 43 shillings and tuppence, approximately £2.15 in today’s money but an equivalent cost of £48.50 in 1960. This design has been updated to accommodate electric propulsion and radio control by Colin Smith, the son of the original designer and it has been re-scaled to be 36” in length where the original was 24” which gives much more scope for detailing and provides more ‘hiding room’ for the drive, control systems and all the associated wiring. The kit produced by VMW uses the same construction techniques as the original and the materials are a combination of balsa and plywood both of which a laser and CNC cut for precision. The ply and balsa materials supplied are of very high quality as one would expect from VMW and all the stripwood for the chines, rubbing strakes and deck detailing is included, even the dowel required for the mast is in the box, very comprehensive! The kit also includes white metal fittings such as the fairleads and stanchions, and the searchlight and horns. The glazing for the windows comes in the kit too. The instruction sheet supplied is in need of revision as it is largely taken directly from the original as written by Phil Smith and some of the terminology needs updating, for instance the ply bottom and side skins are referred to as ‘strakes’ but I understand that a re-write of the instructions is in hand along with an updated plan showing the best positioning for the motor, prop-shaft, battery, ESC, receiver, rudder and servo. During construction I have added a few additional pieces of ply or balsa as reinforcement or supports and substituted some balsa parts for ply where I thought a stronger material would be better. I also added some hatches to give access to the wiring at the bow and the rudder & servo at the stern but largely I have not gone ‘off plan’ to any extent. The pictures show the model in it’s present state (Nov 2018) and is ready for painting and finishing.

Thames Police Launch by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
[Score: 8/10] 36" Thames Police Launch Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type 40mm) Direct Drive to a Turnigy 3548 outrunner (2 Blade S Type) Powered by LiPoly (11.1v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Turnigy 30A watercooled ESC - Comments: Constructed from a kit by Vintage Model Works, based on a design by Phil Smith for Veron, started June 2018......work in progress.

Crash Tender davit info... by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi Martin. I have a drawing that shows the davit but not in very much detail 🤔. It is designed to be swapped between attachment points on both port or starboard sides ( hence 'portable' davit) and when not required it is stowed in the centre deck with the ends locating in some sort of retaining points on the deck and then (presumably) secured to the wall of the cabin. I added some detail to the white metal casting that came with my Vintage Model Works kit and also modified it to swivel on a removable fixing bracket. See my build blog for more detail on how I made mine. https://model-boats.com/builds/view/23951 Good luck with the restoration. Robbob.

raf 93 and 94as mentioned earlier boat 93 was purchased from internet built in the late fifties by a scots gentleman by BOATSHED Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 8 months ago
Both great looking models. Where did you get your little men for the boat ? For my ninth birthday (1959) my parents bought me a 34" Crash Tender and my father (RIP) and I built it over several months and for Christmas that year they bought me an ED HUnter 3.46cc engine. As you said R/C back then was too expensive. We used to go out with it to the nearest pond it was about a mile and a half walk and use it there. Blackheath pond south London. It was either do a straight line to each other and then round in circles until it run out of fuel and the wait until it drifted back in with the breeze. When we built it my dad used to bring home old tea chests broken down in pieces and would use a fret saw to out out more pieces to build a second one at the same time. He said this was so that we didn't do anything incorrectly to the original one. That other one was given to my younger brother and they bought a Taycol Standard and put that in it for him. They were great fun In all we built seven of them 6 were out of tea chests and old orange boxes. He gave them away, I know one of them went to our milkman one to a work mate if his can't remember where the others went. When I left home when I was 20 I left mine there and I never found out where that one went. I have a 46" from the Vintage Model Workshop people and a 34" that I purchased in 1994 on the 50th anniversary when they made a limited run 50 of them, in my shed still in the boxes unmade. I drew round all the parts onto paper and on the Epson printer/scanner I reduced the parts and have built a smaller one I think she is 28 inches long. It is virtually all balsa wood the only parts that are not are the side stringers they are Obeeche strips and the two bottom skins where I done a second skin of 1/64th ply to strengthen it in case of any mishaps on the pond edges. I have not finished that one yet. She did have a trial run on water but due to a too larger 4 bladed prop and too big rudder and maybe the wrong motor she was a bit of a disaster I lost heart for a while after that. I had a bit of a mental brake down due to a serious work problem and gave up on her. That was about 6 years ago now and she is sitting on top of a cupboard in the living room . I will get round to finishing her one day, now I'm retired and back to good mental health.

Cabin roof mechanism by BOATSHED Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 8 months ago
I still have a 34" Raf crash tender still unbuilt that I bought back in 1994 when they released a run of 50 on the 50th anniversary of the model in the Model Boats magazine. I also have a Vosper 46” RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works sitting in my shed. One day I will get around to building them Along with restoring my Sea Hornet, Sea Commander, Sea Queen and my Huntsman along with several other boats, including an MFA Spearfish and a Stratos Interceptor, Hydrofibre Pipedream both of which were the same company just that they had a change of name. Along with at least 3 others. I will do them sometime.

THE VOSPER 46" CRASH TENDER KIT BY VINTAGE MODEL WORKS by VOSPER21 Seaman   Posted: 9 months ago
Thanks mturpin013 Looking at robbob,s blog build all the time. Great source of info. Vosper21.

THE VOSPER 46" CRASH TENDER KIT BY VINTAGE MODEL WORKS by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
Welcome aboard Vosper21, again I have no experience of twin shafts but I am currently building the same boat and am just off the starting blocks in my blog as it does take time (the actual build is further on), but blogs are invaluable to other builders, so if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. My blog is usually on the first page of entries as its an active one (The Vosper 46" RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works by M Turpin013) Michael PS have a look at robbob,s blog build its brilliant

THE VOSPER 46" CRASH TENDER KIT BY VINTAGE MODEL WORKS by VOSPER21 Seaman   Posted: 9 months ago
Thanks robbob for the info. Will await further input from other members. Will look at doing a Build blog later when the assembly looks a bit more presentable, this is my first attempt at building a boat so lots of info gathering. Vosper21

THE VOSPER 46" CRASH TENDER KIT BY VINTAGE MODEL WORKS by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
Hi Vosper21 Welcome to the forum. I put a single motor, shaft and rudder in my fireboat so I don't have any first hand experience of a twin drive system but I would think that the shafts should exit the hull at the same points as the single shaft but equidistant from the keel. Similarly the rudders should be directly behind each prop. There are members on this site that have done a twin drive system on the 46" model that can offer more informed guidance, hopefully they will chip in with some good advice. Over to you chaps ! Please consider doing a build blog to document your progress. Good luck with the build. Robbob.

THE VOSPER 46" CRASH TENDER KIT BY VINTAGE MODEL WORKS by VOSPER21 Seaman   Posted: 9 months ago
Currently building this kit but would like to fit it with twin props. Does anyone have the hull measurements for the prop shafts exits and the rudders.

The Vosper 46” RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
1/72nd version of the RAF by Airfix.

Fire Float information by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
Oh... I wish I had all that info on the mysterious 'Ministry' book ! The illustrations you see were supplied to me by the wonderful chaps at 'Vintage Model Workshop', not sure where they got them from but that's all they have too. Rob.

The Vosper 46” RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 months ago
I really like your work done on this boat. How did you go about building it from scratch? By scratch, does this mean making all the parts? I built the 1/72 Airfix kit painting it like you have here. I like that you have also included the side hatch where the wounded could be transported on stretchers. I will send some photos of my kit, but I ‘d enjoy seeing more of this boat you made. Best regards, Ron